Regardless of you’re a student, a software engineer or a typical computer user, you will need to take a screenshot once in a while. For instance you may need to take screenshots to finish your new project, share your games scores with friends or in some cases even to a strange bird! Luckily Mac OS X Yosemite makes it much simpler to capture and share screenshots. Simply take after a couple of steps below and you’ll be ready to rock!

How to Take Screenshot on Mac OS X

So there are three types of screenshots that you can capture on Mac OS X Yosemite and we have a detailed section for each of them. Let’s fuel the rocket and see how to take a screenshot on Mac OS X Yosemite!

How to Take Screenshot of Entire Desktop in Mac OS X Yosemite

With this option you can capture your entire desktop (no matter what is currently on it). You can generally use this to capture video frames, game scores or so on. Here are the steps involved.

Step #1. Get ready for taking the screenshot. Basically you have to open up all the programs that you want to capture and when you’re done, your screen should look exactly what you want the screenshot to be like.

Step #2. Once you’re ready, press the the combination of Command + Shift + 3 on your keyboard, and release them.

How to Take Screenshot of Entire Desktop in Mac OS X

Step #3. Next, on your Mac desktop, you’ll notice a new file with .PNG extension and this is the screenshot you just took.

Step #4. To confirm it is the file, you can look for the word Screen Shot  in the file name.

Step #5. Alternatively, you can double click the file to open it and see a preview of it.

How to Take a Screenshot of a specific Area of Desktop in Mac OS X Yosemite

In case you just want to show a specific area of your screen, you should go for this option. You can use it for capturing a part of your chat, or images on the web or anything else you like (because ultimately it’s your choice).

Step #1. Set up the screen and make sure you know what you want to capture.

Step #2. On your keyboard, press Command + Shift + 4.

How to Take Screenshot of Specific Area of Desktop in Mac OS X

Step #3. As soon as you release the keys, your mouse cursor will turn into movable crosshairs.

Step #4. Now drag the cursor anywhere (and this will be one of the corners of the screenshot) and then hold and drag the mouse over the area you’d like to make a screenshot of.

Step #5. After you’re done, you can release the mouse button to get the screenshot in the form of a .PNG file.

How to Take a Screenshot of a Single Window in Mac OS X Yosemite

There are several windows open on your screen, so you can not capture the full screen and you even don’t want to take the pain to capture a specific area. So why not snip a single window?

Step #1. To take a single window snip, first make sure you open the right window.

Step #2. Now press and release Command + Shift + 4 on your keyboard.

Step #3. Hit the spacebar.

How to Take Screenshot of Single Window in Mac OS X

Step #4. Now make a single mouse click on the window you want to capture.

Step #5. You can even select something else by moving your mouse around.

Step #6. As soon as you do it, you’ll have the right .PNG file on your desktop.

That was all about taking screenshot on Mac OS X Yosemite. Have something to say about this story? Share your comments below! Need help with something else? Get help in the comments as well!

  • Mary Rose Borabon

    Very helpful than others explanation, Thanks a lot.